What Lens Are You Looking Through?

Over a lifetime, you have formed a point of view about your work. That point of view becomes a kind of lens that you view your experiences through. Is your lens optimistic, pessimistic, fearful, hopeful, loving, calculating, mind-centered or emotion-centered?

Best to be aware of the nature of your lens and any biases it has. What kind of lens do you look though? What contributed to it? When you gain awareness of the lens you look through, you can then decide how well it’s working and if any adjustments are called for.

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Making It Yours

The secret to distinguishing yourself lies in who you are – your unique traits, talents and learned skills. Often people think they must conform in order to succeed. They fit within a system and fully adopt its processes and approaches. A degree of that is warranted. However, to do your best work, it has to come from you.

How do you make something yours? Let’s say you are given a project to lead. You can follow accepted procedures and do fine. If you bring your unique vision to the project, you have the opportunity to stand out among the crowd. What can you add that will make results better? What do you bring to the work that no one else can? Making a project yours leads you to success and fulfillment!

 

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Low Energy

It’s inevitable; your energy levels go up and down. Have you noticed how low energy levels affect your work? Low energy levels have lots of causes, among them: being tired or sick, being in a situation that is draining your energy, boredom and strong emotions.

Awareness is the first step in dealing with a low energy level. When this occurs, change your expectations of what you can and can’t do. It may be that you have no choice but to raise your energy level for an immediate task that must get done. In that case, develop dependable ways to raise your energy level – perhaps a short nap, a change of scene, getting help or another means. When you can afford to, give yourself the time you need to restore your energy to a high level.

When your energy level is low, you are not at your best. It is in your interest to understand and know how to deal with your changing energy levels.

 

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Is There A Place For Gratitude At Work?

You may not link gratitude and work together, but gratitude has its place there. Gratitude expands your mind and heart and often lifts you up. You may already see the role of gratitude in your personal life. You can benefit from gratitude at work, as well.

What are three things you are grateful for in your current work? Try each day to identify one thing at work you are grateful for and see what happens.

 

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What Needs Changing?

Your life and career are not stationary. They are always in motion. There are times when change is called for that you have some control in. Take a look at your life and career as it is now. Is there anything you can identify that must change?

When you are proactive about recognizing the need for change things progress more smoothly. You don’t have to wait for things to happen “to” you. Periodically asking yourself “What needs changing?” helps you bring your life and career where you want them to be.

 

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Are You Up To It?

In order to reach your goals, you need to be ready. A good question to ask yourself is “Am I up to it?” This is not a negative question, but rather a positive one, that will help you prepare to achieve your goals. If your answer to this question is “yes”, then get started. If your answer is “no”, then identify what you need to do.

There is no reason to waste time as you pursue your goals. You want to be in top form. When you are up to it, success is yours.

 

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How’s Your Self-Confidence?

Self-confidence is a major factor in your career success. Maintaining your self-confidence asks for your attention and care. This is not a low maintenance endeavor.

How is your self-confidence at this moment? High? Low? In-between? What factors are affecting your present level of self-confidence? Is any maintenance needed?

There are many ways to maintain and boost your self- confidence. Here are a few: make note of and acknowledge your accomplishments, let compliments you receive sink in, know what qualities you want to have and develop them, stretch yourself to grow new skills and abilities and believe in yourself, even when others are cutting you down.

Self-confidence is yours to have when you take the time to cultivate and maintain it.

 

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How Long To Wait?

Sometimes waiting is wise and sometimes it is foolhardy. How can you discern how long to wait?

At one point in my career, I had been promised a promotion. A raise came but no advancing in title or level. Senior management often complimented my work but something was wrong. I decided to give myself a time frame. I would wait six months and if the title did not come, I would plan to leave. And leave I did, to start my own business. It was a very positive move. I took the message from management by their actions, not their words.

Are you waiting for something to happen or for the right time to act? Take some time to delineate a strategy regarding how long you will wait, whether what you are waiting for has a chance of happening, what you see from those around you and what is best for you. Sure, good things may come to those who wait but not in every circumstance.

 

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It’s Okay To Be In-Between

 

At times, you may find yourself neither here nor there. You are not where you were a year ago and not quite settled into something new. Perhaps you have undergone a tangible change or nothing has changed, except that you are different in your own perceptions of your life and work.

Nothing wrong with that! You are on a journey. You change over time and not instantaneously. When you feel you are in-between, maybe even a bit lost, get present to it. Try to understand where you are and make the most of it. It can be a time of new insights, growth and creating new dreams, before you reach the next step on your journey.

 

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Waking Up

Sometimes things are hiding in plain sight; however, you fail to see them. There can be many reasons: an expectation or strong emotion like anger clouds your view, what is there creates fear for you, you have not experienced anything like it before and therefore fail to recognize it, you are not fully present to what is going on, you are avoiding seeing it or a need to please prevents you from acknowledging what is there.

Being asleep to something is human. It’s not hard to find yourself there. Key is to will yourself “awake” to what is happening around you in your workplace. The benefits are obvious. By seeing the truth of a situation you can assess it appropriately and decide how to respond in a manner that is best for you and your career.

 

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